If you or a family member has been injured in a Michigan City, Indiana car accident, Guy DiMartino Law can help you. We truly understand the havoc that can occur as result of being in a serious auto crash. We are committed to helping our fellow Michigan City accident victims receive fair and just compensation that they are entitled to receive under Indiana law.
Making a bodily injury claim can be complicated and scary if you do not know your rights. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash in LaPorte County, call our Michigan City personal injury lawyer Guy S. DiMartino for legal assistance at (219) 690-8897 for a free consultation.
Indiana Car Accident Statistics
In 2017, Indiana had 219,105 traffic accidents that resulted in injury or property damage. 911 folks died in these accidents. LaPorte County had 5,794 crash, Porter County had 8,669 accidents, Lake County had 29,768 accidents and St. Joseph County saw 14,680 crashes. Our area of the state including Lake, Porter, Newton, LaPorte, St. Joseph and Marshall counties reported worse occurrences than other parts of the state. Depending on the facts of accident, you may have sustained a variety of injuries. Injuries such as broken bones or deep cuts are easily seen. Other injuries like neck and back injuries, herniated spinal discs, knee injuries and internal injuries to your heart or lungs, are not as easily seen and could be life threatening. Only a doctor can evaluate and treat your injuries so you should not wait to seek medical attention.
Common Reasons for Indiana Car Accidents
Over the years, law enforcement personnel gather statistics for car accidents, which is report to the state. Some of the common reasons that Indiana car accidents happen include:
Frequent Accident Sites in Michigan City
- Route 20 eastbound and Route 20 westbound are notorious for accidents.
- Franklin Street south of US 20
- 10th Avenue and Washington Street
Handling the Indiana Insurance Company After A Car Accident
Many people mistakenly believe that car accident claims are routine. This belief is just not true and each and every day, these claims get more and more complex. Every car accident is unique because the facts of each accident and every person are different. Our Michigan City, Indiana personal injury lawyer understands that your car crash can have many causes including the negligence of the other driver, a problem with the roadway or a mechanical defect with the vehicle.
The insurance companies want injured people to believe that handling a car accident claim is simple and you don't need a lawyer's assistance to resolve the claim. You should know, however, that insurance adjusters are trained in handling auto accident claims and reducing the amount of a potential settlement. The way to keep the insurance company in check is to have an experienced Michigan City, Indiana personal injury lawyer on your side. A 2004 study by the Insurance Research Council showed that on average automobile claimant that hired a car accident lawyer received a settlement that was three to three and a half times better than they would have on their own. (2004-Insurance Research Study). Remember, if the insurance company wins – you lose!
Follow These Steps After a Michigan City Car Accident
Step 1: Call the police and gather evidence at the scene. Under Indiana law you are required to report your car accident. Call 911 so that your local enforcement agency will come to the accident scene and document that the accident happened.
Step 2: If you are physically able, make sure to take photos of the accident scene, the vehicles and anything else that may seem off. These photographs are evidence. The accident scene can change within a few days, so if you don't get this information immediately the evidence may be lost or destroyed.
Step 3: Make sure you get the names and contact information for any witnesses. Don't assume that law enforcement is going to obtain and document this evidence. If I had a dime for every time I heard the this: "there was a lady that stopped and said she saw everything." and I ask, "do you have her name?", and I hear "no".
Step 4: Go the hospital, urgent care or your doctor. For many folks involved in accidents, the last thing they want to do is go to the emergency room and wait for hours. After an accident, your adrenaline is pumping, your heart is racing, and you feel shaken up, but you think you're fine. You go home, things settle down, and then you start feeling stiff and hurting. The biggest mistake at this point is saying “everything will be okay.” Instead, you should immediately go to the hospital, an urgent care center, or your doctor's office. There could be something medically going on inside your body, that can cause serious consequences if it's not addressed.
You also want to get checked out immediately after a Michigan City car accident because many insurance companies will hold it against you if you wait days or weeks after the accident to get checked out. You will hear the adjuster say things like, "if your client was injured, they would have went to the hospital or their doctor immediately or by the next day."
Step 5: Report your claim to your insurance company even if you are not at fault for the accident. Your insurance contract requires you to report the claim within a reasonable time and you may have insurance benefits that can help you get a rental car or pay for your initial medical care.
If you are looking for a Michigan City car accident attorney, call Guy DiMartino Law at (219) 690-8997 or fill out the contact box to the right for an internet consultation.
Guy DiMartino Law, 1411 S. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, Indiana 46360